Kayla Mae Olmstead

Kayla was born with Left-sided Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (LCDH). When she was born she was in the NICU for a total of 55 days. She reherniated two years later, had her repair surgery in May 2011 and spent 11 days in hospital recovering. She is a tough little girl and we are truly blessed to have her here.

I'm Growing, I'm Growing!

Lilypie Fourth Birthday tickers

Sister, Kayla, Sister-in-Law

Alyssa Rose Sands (my newest niece!) 6lbs 1oz 19 1/2 in.
I have posted about my sister in CDH Family and I think this blog is a more fitting place to do that.  My sister Angela just had her second little girl, Alyssa Rose.  There was a little complication with my sister- as she had a scheduled c-section and during that she lost a lot of blood, her blood pressure dropped or the opposite, and her temperature dropped.  She was in recovery for a lot longer time than usual and made her whole family freak out- way to go Jamie! (j/k) (sorta)  Anyway Angela, my sister, is doing great as is her new HEALTHY little girl.  They are BOTH being discharged today.  Ang lives in PA so I do not get to see their cute little baby for a while :( Congrats Angela and Jamie!

As for Kayla- she is doing well.  She is still eating like a champ- but I predict a her slump to begin any time soon.  I know that sounds awfully negative but she goes into her slumps often- she has a really great few weeks, then a really bad few weeks.  She is eating her 1st foods now- she actually ate her whole cup full of sweet potatoes the other night and more than half of her carrots last night- mid point she pooped- and I can't let her sit in that so we stopped, changed and then she didn't want her carrots any more- but she did drink her whole bottle after.  And she loves her sippy cup- not necessarily for drinking but chewing and holding :)

Tuesday she has her 6 month appt- shots and check-up.  After all I have seen her go thru, the shots still make me sad to watch- so Jerry has to hold her and I love her after.  She cries I think only because she is being held down.  I don't think she cries because of the shots.  She hates being held down- if she doesn't want her leg/arm where we are putting it she will freak out.  :)

We are now trying to put her in her pack-n-play for naps as opposed to her swing or vibrating chair.  We want her to associate the pack-n-play for naps and not the other two.. plus I'm scared to put her in her swing now- I still do bc sometimes that is the only way she'll nap but I'm just afraid she might be getting too big.  So THANKS to my sister-in-law's parents for the seahorse!! She snuggles her face right up against it... so cute!

And I would like to say, I call her my sister-in-law... but really she has been my friend since maybe the 10th or 11th grade?  She is a year younger than me, but when I was in 7th and she in 6th we both had a crush on the same guy.  She won him- lucky girl haha... and then finally as we grew out of the crush for this boy we became friends as we played sports together and hung out with the same ppl... so she was my real good friend first- and I just wanted her to know that.  I never know what to say when I mention her- do I say sister-in-law or friend?  Anyway- I'm excited bc her and my brother and their cute Julian are coming home today- they live in NC. :(

Ok so I totally wanted this to be a SHORT post- but as you have noticed I don't do that often. haha I hope all is well out there- and if you've seen me comment A LOT lately- it's because I felt too often ppl are just commenting when something bad happens, or stop commenting when you get to take your baby home... so I'm really trying to comment on happy occasions too! :)

Best Wishes to All,


Beth said...

My kids both have those seahorses... we love them! And Colleen napped only in the swing until she was 10 months old... don't stress about it! I hope Kayla's 6 month appt went well!



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